- Free will, free choice. Which is true: A. Sin is so powerful that all human beings will be lost B. God is so powerful that all human beings will be saved. C. Neither is true, You probably chose “C. Neither is true/,” What are the actions that determine whether you will be lost or saved? Have you ever fought a battle with sin– and lost it? Can you be restored to a place in God’s kingdom anyway? What is the Christian doctrine about free choice and forgiveness?
- Making the right choice of friends. Have you ever wished a certain person would be your friend, but you can’t seem to win that friendship? What should you do? Should we try to make friends only if they are upright in every way? Ellen White noted that we need to love and respect even people with imperfections, What are some values of friendship among those we know? How did Jonathan show his love for David when he (Jonathan) was not chosen as the first king of Israel even though he seemed the best qualified for the position? What are some helpful steps you can take when a friend hurts you even though he or she probably didn’t intend to do so?
- Choosing a life partner. If choosing a friend for after school or someone to invite to a party can be tough, what about choosing a husband or a wife? Talk about commitment! Your lesson notes that Adam was fortunate in that regard since God literally made his life companion for him. Nobody has had such an easy task choosing a husband or wife–and look at the problems marriage has delivered through the centuries. Good advice in the lesson. See if you can remember it. “Besides looking for the right person to marry, be__ ____ ____ _____first.” A series of decisions will need to be made as long a the marriage is alive. Something to think about day by day as you continue your marriage. Create your own logos and slogans, and choose examples from Scripture and current life that can help you make your marriage a happy spiritual success.
- Choosing a career. Most of us go through high school and college to match with decent jobs, or we collect on-job experience from available work. I’m completing the reading of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation and have to wonder how people “back then” prepared for a career. Solomon made a few career choices and more than a few more carrying them out. He was wealthy, but what did his wealth give him? Do you think that achieving wealth should be our major goal in life, or that there is much to learn to live a life of modest means? Work has been a part of our lives since Creation, but how do we manage our jobs and our careers without stumbling over problems related to our daily work? Whatever your job, whatever your financial goals, is there room in your life for those you love most–marriage partner, children, and many more.
- Questions for discussion. How can we help our children learn to make the decisions that will prepare them for a satisfying adult life? Why do so many Christian families make sacrifices to place their children in church-sponsored schools to study Biblical principles? Do you know somebody who has been helped through school by means of generous financial support to attend a Christian school? Do we spend our money wisely week by week, month by month? How can youngsters learn to make choices they will not regret later? Make your own list of ways you can help both children and adults see the value of wise choices.